Friday, August 27, 2010

I have an xB loaner car. I don't like it.

The Yaris is getting new A/C condenser parts and a couple of other last-minute warranty claims. Beaverton Toyota was nice enough to provide a loaner car—an xB (they were going to give me an xD, but I've driven those before. FYI, I highly recommend this dealership, and appreciate the free loaner!). This is the first time I've actually driven the second-gen xB. I've had a grudge against it since it was released (I loved the first-gen xB, and didn't think the above-pictured vehicle was a good replacement). But you know what: It's time to move on. I wanted to drive this car and see what it's about. Maybe I'd actually like it ...

So, now that I've driven the car a bit, taken it to Costco and the grocery store, it's safe to say I am still not a fan. Although it easily swallowed my Costco/grocery store cargo, it does almost nothing for me, especially in the styling department on the inside or outside. It also is not fun to drive. At least the xB 1, although slow, was entertaining to pilot. Yes, the xB 2 is practical, so it's got that going for it. It also has a great sounding stereo with an Alpine headunit (which is not easy to use, however). Needless to say, I'll be driving the Mazda MX-5 review car as much as possible instead, and looking forward to an xB redesign in the coming years.

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